Autumn in Japan

I spy mini pine trees on the sidewalk! What a happy welcome to Tokyo. 🤗

I spy mini pine trees on the sidewalk! What a happy welcome to Tokyo. 🤗

Not even 24 hours here and I'm falling in love with Japan already! Hats off to @paopilar for choosing the Ginza neighborhood as our first brush with Tokyo. A charming mix of buzz and quiet... I thought Japan would be an assault on the senses but it's been a gentle old force so far. I feel like I'm with Sen and Haku in Spirited Away!  Look at all that green. And that's a shopping center.  #japan #pwedebakitangiuwi

Not even 24 hours here and I’m falling in love with Japan already! Hats off to @paopilar for choosing the Ginza neighborhood as our first brush with Tokyo. A charming mix of buzz and quiet… I thought Japan would be an assault on the senses but it’s been a gentle old force so far. I feel like I’m with Sen and Haku in Spirited Away! Look at all that green. And that’s a shopping center. #japan #pwedebakitangiuwi

A bright spot while walking the back streets of Ginza (and getting lost!): a work studio. Wowwww. Much like what I want to put up in the PH...a creative gathering space where people work with their hands and jump into the arts over free-flowing exchange and conversation. Think Hogwarts for the arts. #dream #creativespace #montalutstudio

A bright spot while walking the back streets of Ginza (and getting lost!): a work studio. Wowwww. Much like what I want to put up in the PH…a creative gathering space where people work with their hands and jump into the arts over free-flowing exchange and conversation. Think Hogwarts for the arts. #dream #creativespace #montalutstudio

Japanese sidewalk flowers.

Japanese sidewalk flowers.

Minimalist signage. Ang ganda! #gray #signs #tokyo

Minimalist signage. Ang ganda! #gray #signs #tokyo

Take a guess what this is. #japanese #crops

Take a guess what this is. #japanese #crops

What is regret? Not trying the "cut meron" at Tsukiji market! It was a carnival for the senses there this morning (and pretty amazing that there were zero flies and no unpleasant fishy smell). The fruits and veggies were giants! Agree with Papa @josebpilar that it's a testament of Japanese agritech. Look at that sweet and juicy melon that we let slip through our fingers!#amazingtokyo #melon

What is regret? Not trying the “cut meron” at Tsukiji market! It was a carnival for the senses there this morning (and pretty amazing that there were zero flies and no unpleasant fishy smell). The fruits and veggies were giants! Agree with Papa @josebpilar that it’s a testament of Japanese agritech. Look at that sweet and juicy melon that we let slip through our fingers!#amazingtokyo #melon

I'm not a big fish fan back home but all the super fresh seafood here is turning me into a convert. How does one go back to eating sushi in Manila after being spoiled like this? #fresh #giant #fish #head

I’m not a big fish fan back home but all the super fresh seafood here is turning me into a convert. How does one go back to eating sushi in Manila after being spoiled like this? #fresh #giant #fish #head

Si Lola, super badass. May blowtorch sa palengke. Actually so many seniors here seem so badass. 😎

Si Lola, super badass. May blowtorch sa palengke. Actually so many seniors here seem so badass. 😎

Finally had our baptism of matcha!

Finally had our baptism of matcha!

You all know I love boats and rivers...and all the more with beer in hand. There's really so much to love in this megacity. Thanks for the pic big bro  @paopilar.#tokyo #river #cruise #angmahalngbeerdito

You all know I love boats and rivers…and all the more with beer in hand. There’s really so much to love in this megacity. Thanks for the pic big bro @paopilar.#tokyo #river #cruise #angmahalngbeerdito

Tree. My first #autumn!

Tree. My first #autumn!

Popsy taking a break from the long walks that have made up our everydays in Japan. There are so many gardens and parks to explore here, kakatuwa.

Popsy taking a break from the long walks that have made up our everydays in Japan. There are so many gardens and parks to explore here, kakatuwa.

The twins @peds82 @philippilar excited to eat what would be super yummm yakisoba! Cooked with just salt. Simple is really best. #osaka #whiskyissocheaphere #lagot

The twins @peds82 @philippilar excited to eat what would be super yummm yakisoba! Cooked with just salt. Simple is really best. #osaka #whiskyissocheaphere #lagot

They say it's a gift to be able to make others happy just by your presence, and this guy was doing just that at a busy junction in Osaka. 🤗#heloveshisjob #livingstatue #streetperformance

They say it’s a gift to be able to make others happy just by your presence, and this guy was doing just that at a busy junction in Osaka. 🤗#heloveshisjob #livingstatue #streetperformance

The other side of Japan: bright neon lights and a throng of shopping districts. I took a sneaky of the boys having a go at Glico Man, famous landmark at Dotonburi, Osaka.#bright #lights #city

The other side of Japan: bright neon lights and a throng of shopping districts. I took a sneaky of the boys having a go at Glico Man, famous landmark at Dotonburi, Osaka.#bright #lights #city

Today's posse. #deer #nara #park

Today’s posse. #deer #nara #park

Bending towards the light. #bamboo #forest #arashiyama #kyoto

Bending towards the light. #bamboo #forest #arashiyama #kyoto

Welcome to Shibuya, Sempai (older) and Kohai (younger)! Mizu kudasai ( water please!). #izakaya #japanese #divebar #shibuya

Welcome to Shibuya, Sempai (older) and Kohai (younger)! Mizu kudasai ( water please!). #izakaya #japanese #divebar #shibuya

Waratte, kudasai (Smile, please)! #ramen #tokyo #roponggi #afuri

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